From sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to sr Marie of the Sacred Heart – June 4, 1931

From Sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to Sr Marie of the Sacred Heart – June 4th 1931

V+J! From our monastery in Caen this 4th June 1931


My beloved eldest sister,

My heart is overflowing with gratitude on this, the anniversary of my baptism. To my great joy, this year, the ineffable feast that is the Thursday of the Corpus Christi falls on this day, just as it did 68 years ago. How will I repay the Lord for all the blessings He has given me? . . . I will lift up the cup of salvation and invoke His holy name all the days of my life.” Although to my great regret, it’s a life that is becoming too long. Did I have to be so close to eternity just to fall back into exile? I would almost say it was a great pity I did, if I wasn’t clinging on to God’s will with all my might. I love His will above all things and it’s my only comfort.

In any case, it is an immense joy for me to be able to wish you a happy feast day again this year, because I love you ever so much, if only you knew . . . . I tremble at the thought of seeing you leave this sad earth before me. Furthermore, envisaging losing one of you is more than I can bear. I don’t doubt that God will give me the grace to endure it, but I dare hope that God won’t ask this sacrifice of me because it would kill me. Yet as with everything, I surrender myself to His infinite mercy. – I cannot offer you anything more beautiful or precious than Jesus in the Host, and it is wholeheartedly that I will receive Him for you, dearest eldest sister.

This painting by our little Céline is ever so delightful! More than that, it’s divine. Even the copies in colour are very beautiful on the whole, given that coloured pictures of Thérèse leave much to be desired in terms of resemblance. As for the photos, they are perfect. However, we have given one of the coloured ones to Sr Marguerite-Agnès because she has a taste for all things bright. She is thrilled with it, seeing as she usually prefers statues and pictures in colour.

Our little Sr Joseph-Marie also has one. She can’t thank our little Mother enough for always thinking of her little goddaughter, and loves her very much.

Dear little sisters, we’re preparing the solemn celebration that will mark the 3rdcentenary of the founding of our monastery in Caen on 16thJuly 1931. The celebration will take place on the 2nd, on the feast of the Visitation, although without the Bishop unfortunately, because we don’t have one. It’s taking so long! Do you know the reason for this? Nothing is ever quite right in this miserable life. Yet this is very fortunate, because our thirst for happiness is so great that we would become attached to life otherwise. But happiness only exists in heaven, where everything is pure and unadulterated. We already love each other here below; it’s a foretaste of heaven, and constitutes all our felicity.  

Your very loving little sister Françoise-Thérèse


What a pretty box of sweets! And the cornucopia of little bells contained, to our great surprise, delightful little medallions. Thank you for always spoiling us.

Did I tell you that following my illness, I broke down in tears when I realised I was out of danger? I was so disappointed that I was inconsolable.